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Carpetbagger Suggests Younging it Up

Carpetbagger Suggests Younging it Up

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Even though the Oscars were more in touch, I’d say, than they’ve been since I started watching them (I will always have a fondness in my heart for the clunky old timey versions too), and even though their choices were still out touch, the Bagger thinks that, with the seal now broken, they can take it even further: Next year, the Academy might consider a generational update instead of transplanting…

And the Best Rundown Goes To…

And the Best Rundown Goes To…

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Yeah, of course it’d be Mark Lisanti, who is now working over at Vanity Fair. His rundown is the best and the funniest I’ve read thus far. He pays tribute where it’s deserved and mocks where it’s deserved: The Sweded Opening Number Though opinion on the ceremony’s Be Kind Rewind-esque opening number seems violently divided between those who found it a refreshing, light-hearted take on the art of storytelling and…

Oscar ratings up 13%

Oscar ratings up 13%

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Bump and grind. The bump is the 13% increase in viewership over last year’s broadcast (from 32 million in 2008 to 36.3 million last night). The grind is the fact that’s this increase falls short of the 40 million viewers who tuned in 2 years ago and doesn’t come close to the 55 million who watched a decade ago, the year Titanic took home 11 trophies (Kate Winslet’s second nomination,…

The Little Dog That Couldn’t

The Little Dog That Couldn’t

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Wolfgang Puck Made it

Wolfgang Puck Made it

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Go on, it tastes good.

Ebert gives the Oscars his seal of approval

Ebert gives the Oscars his seal of approval

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Can a guy who’s survived decades of Oscars letdowns ever find anything new to love? Roger that: It was the best Oscar show I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen plenty. The Academy couldn’t bring it in under three and a half hours, but maybe they simply couldn’t, given the number of categories. What they did do was make the time seem to pass more quickly, and more entertainingly. And they…

How’d it Do?

How’d it Do?

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Writing for the Carpetbagger, Tony Scott: A Small Oscars By A.O. Scott It looks like they might bring this one in at under three hours, so I‚Äôll curb my complaining. And I‚Äôll close by noting that this seemed not only like a relatively brief Oscar ceremony, but a small one. Maybe this is a harbinger of things to come. Like it or not, the movies have lost their pop-cultural supremacy,…

Thanks To…

Thanks To…

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Ryan, for all of your dedication and hard work and brilliant writing. The readers of AD for all of your inventive, lively discussion – you really make this site what it is. Fellow bloggers for all of the tips, lengthy phone calls, and analysis: Ryan Adams, David Carr, Kris Tapley, Tom O’Neil, Scott Feinberg and Jeff Wells. Most of all, to my daughter, for enduring this nonsense for another year….

The Final Tallys

The Final Tallys

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I’m going to quietly simmer about my own personal disappointments, just as many of you can happily celebrate your triumphs. I think we can all agree that this dreadful year is better off tucked into bed where it can rest in peace. In other words, thank god it’s over. In the ten years I’ve been doing this, it’s been the worst Oscar year on record.¬† And because of that, it…